Flood Control

New Certificate of Elevation Guidance


As a public service, the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District will provide the following information upon request:

  • Whether a property is in or out of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) of the unincorporated County and the City of Nogales, Arizona.  Also provide information on if the property is in some other regulatory flood or erosion hazard area.
  • Additional flood insurance data for a site, such as FIRM Zone and the base flood elevation or depth, if shown on the FIRM
  • Additional information on regulatory floodplains, floodways, erosion hazard setback areas, and riparian habitat, which should be preserved to protect the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain.
  • Basic level information (Site Review) on the requirements of the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District for construction on flood prone property
  • We have several handouts available of the flood insurance purchase requirement that can help people who need a mortgage or loan for a property in the SFHA
  • We have several handouts available of the requirements and procedures for development within all flood prone areas within unincorporated Santa Cruz County and the City of Nogales, Arizona
  • Review and investigation of drainage complaints regarding activities within the floodplain, such as filling, construction, or the alteration, diversion, or obstruction of the flow of water
  • Provide Flood Protection Assistance to property owners through our Site Review Process.  Our Certified Floodplain Manager(s) on staff will review the conditions on your property and provide you with written information on steps you can take to help protect your property and reduce the threats of flooding and erosion, especially to your home or business. 
  • We have several handouts available regarding how you can protect your property or modify you property to make it more flood resistant.  See our Brochures, Helpful Links, Ordinance & Standards, and Engineers & Surveyors pages. 
  • Provide maps of properties showing the location of floodplains on the property, both current and past FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas and locally regulatory floodplains, and providing the topography on the property with a 2 foot contour interval
  • Provide, via a Site Review, advice on potential ways of reducing or preventing flooding and flood related damages to private Property
  • The Santa Cruz County Flood Control District maintains a record of all Elevation Certificates that have been submitted as a requirement for Floodplain Use Permits for all structures, Pre-FIRM and Post-FIRM, since June 1, 2001, that have received a Floodplain Use Permit and complied with all requirements of said permit
  • Live Link to the District's ALERT Flood Warning System, see rainfall and stream flow gauge data.  Rain Gauge and Radar Data

Make an Inquiry

Attached is a copy of the appropriate forms and information available from the district.

If you would like to make an inquiry please submit a Flood Hazard Information Sheet. Fill out the form and hit the "Submit" button. Please provide the tax code identification number (assessors property number) and or street address, and if available, the legal description.


We are open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call us at 520-375-7685, or drop by the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District office:

Santa Cruz County Complex
Suite 206
2150 N. Congress Drive
Nogales, AZ 85621


For all inquiries via the fax or phone, please allow up to 10 business days for a reply. All walk-in inquiries will be handled as soon as possible depending on personnel availability. There is currently no charge for these services.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Flood Control District and Floodplain Administration of Santa Cruz County is to provide flood hazard identification, regulation, remediation, and education to the people in Santa Cruz County so that they can reduce their risks of injury, death, and property damage due to flooding while enjoying the natural and beneficial values served by floodplains.

Division Goals & Objectives

To minimize flood and erosion damages for all county residents, property and infrastructure through a variety of flood control and natural resource management activities.